Flying into a Houston airport for your cruise? Or maybe you simply don’t feel like dealing with the hassles of driving and parking. No matter the reason, there are plenty of options for reaching Galveston without having to take your car.
Thousands of people every year fly into Houston-area airports (Houston Hobby or Bush Intercontinental) to cruise out of Galveston. So what’s the best way to get to the terminal? Luckily, there are plenty of options…
Cruise Line Transfers – Most cruise lines will offer some sort of transfer service from both Houston airports to the port. For example, Carnival offers round-trip service for $70 per person from Hobby Airport and $90 per person from Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Galveston city officials are elated at the news that Royal Caribbean cruise line's Navigator of the Seas will launch year-round cruises from the island next year, extending its previous winter and spring sailing.
The 3,114-passenger cruise ship is set to undergo extensive renovations in February 2014 that will add a FlowRider surf simulator and dining venues like Giovanni's Table, Park Café and Izumi Asian Cuisine. The drydock revitalization also will add new features such as Virtual Balconies for select interior staterooms, and new panoramic oceanview staterooms with full-length, floor-to-ceiling windows, among other improvements.
Passenger safety on cruise lines has been a hot topic lately after the occurrence of several incidents that have led to passenger deaths, emergency evacuations, and cancelled trips. The Cruise Lines International Association board has unanimously approved a passenger bill of rights that is designed to ensure the "safety, comfort, and care" of cruise guests. Reading through the list of rights, it appears the industry is putting in writing what passengers have expected all along.
Come November of this year, the Navigator of the Seas will sail into Galveston and call it home, for the winter months at least. It will be replacing Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. But don't lose sleep over the change, since the Navigator is cut from the same cloth, so to 'speak. This means that when you sail on board the Navigator, all your favorites will still be there. You will still be able to have a pint at the Wig & Gavel on the Promenade; and you will still be wowed by the Olympic quality ice show. Schooners Bar will still be hopping' every night with a mean piano player cranking' it out on the ivories and taking the audience along for a
fun ride. And, of course, the Viking Crown Lounge at the pinnacle of the vessel, laden with commanding views from every seat, will still reign supreme over the entire ship.
If you are flying into Houston TX and are planning to cruise out of Galveston TX, lets us help you with you transportation. Here in Houston we have two major airports
1. George Bush International Airport in Houston (IAH) http://www.fly2houston.com/IAH
2. William Hobby International Airport in Houston (HOU) http://www.fly2houston.com/hobby
This article will help you find transfers for newly weds, a family of 4 or a whole family reunion, to a group of friends wanting to have a good time :-)…There are many options available to transfer from these airports to the cruise ship terminal in Galveston. http://www.portofgalveston.com/index.aspx?nid=87. These options include cruise line bus transfer, private shuttle bus, private town car or limousine, taxi, and car rental.
First, you need to do some homework, and check out all the options available to you, and at what price. You will be surprise at what competition may do to the prices, and extras, so try to find the best value for your bucks.
Below I am listing all the available options, starting with the classic taxi ride and ending with the out of thoughts luxury limousine one.
Houston Bayport Cruise Terminal secures two new cruise ship contracts
The only time cruise ships have called on the Bayport Cruise Terminal was for several weeks in 2008 after Hurricane Ike damaged the Port of Galveston. Since then, the 96,000-square-foot facility in Pasadena has sat empty. It won't for much longer.
On Thursday, the Port of Houston Authority's governing board announced the cruise terminal's first-ever regular service in the form of two contracts with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, which used to call on a terminal at Barbours Cut but left in 2007.
The agreement with California-based Princess is for the 2013-2014 season with 27 planned departures; the agreement with Florida-based Norwegian begins in 2014 and spans for a total of 75 departures. The latter includes an option for a two-year extension.